Back to my favorite Do It Yourself creative center of the moment, Workshop on McAllister (www.workshopsf.org) for Sewing 102, Alterations and Reconstruction. I have to admit, I went into this experience with a slight, if not severe sense of superiority (I can wind a bobbin in my sleep! Janome sewing machines! I could almost hear Sue Nickels cringe!) But as I looked down at my band-aid from Friday night screen printing (second degree burn, I might add), I remembered my humility. Sure, I can make handbags and frilly fabric flowers. I might be able to machine applique a sun onto a baby blanket (What’s up Olivia!?). But... can I do anything useful for society? Can I hem jeans for my short friends? Can I finally fix that jacket for poor Chris that is gathering dust at the back of my closet? The answer is, now I can! DIY, baby!
Tonight, I learned the utmost important lesson in how to use my talents and give back to society: I can turn a pair of $8 wide-leg pants from the thrift store into skinny-leg pants. And use the excess materials for a matching hipster headband. Look out Valencia street! All I need now is a pair of those pointy-toed tap shoes and big, ugly plastic framed glasses and I’m finally ready to fit in here.
It was a liberating experience. We used chalk to mark lines, we guesstimated straight lines, and (Sue*, cover your ears!) we sewed over pins! Turns out I’m not as Type A as I thought about sewing. Thanks, Workshop!
Check out the DIY drama.
*If by some off-chance you’re reading this and you aren’t a friend or family (highly unlikely), yes, Sue Nickels is the world-famous quilter/ my mother.